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Club Of The Month Features a folk/acoustic club from around the country, what makes it tick and how you might get to play it.


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Talking To...Sean Taylor

About to record a new album and having re-released "Walk With Me" it seemed like a good time to pull up a chair and chat with Sean Taylor

Graham Dee

Fifty years after he should have been an icon, is it Graham Dee's time?

News & Snippets

Yeah, Yeah Yeah:The Beatles & Bournemouth, Pocktoberfest, The Great British Folk Festival, St. Spirit

News & Snippets

The Gigantic Mirrorball Show, Alex Patterson, Katzenjammer

David 'Honeyboy' Edwards

The last link to the pre-war Mississippi bluesmen, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards passed away on Monday aged 96

Talking To...Nick Elliott

We talk to photographer Nick Elliott about his new book "Ten A Decade In Images" covering ten years of Cambridge Folk Festival

It's Instrumental

In the first of an occasional series looking at the people that make the instruments that make the music, we hear from George Stevens about what it takes to become a luthier

News & Snippets

Songs To Save A Life, Cambridge Folk Festival, Raintown

My Shanty Scene - Part 3

Chris Ricketts shanty oddessy continues

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Interactions Available For Free Download

The 14th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features eighteen superb acts from across the acoustic spectrum and beyond

Festival Spirit

Turning Dreams Into Reality

News & Snippets

Billy Bragg, Martin Price, Flaming June

My Shanty Scene - Part 2

Chris Ricketts experiences the Lullaby Festival

Fatea Showcase Sessions Line Up Announced

The line up for the next Fatea Showcase Session has just been announced

My Shanty Scene

First in a series about the often overlooked shanty scene from former young tradition finalist Chris Ricketts

News & Snippets

Voices For Nature Festival, Flaming June, www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk, Lindi Ortega

Site News

Update yourselves on our changes concerning, clubs, radio and video

Mike Waterson

A tribute to the recently departed unassuming folk legend

Beverley Folk Festival

Our post Beverley Folk Festival mini site now live, reviews and gallery

News & Snippets

Lucy Ward, Purbeck Folk Festival, Hyde & Beast

News & Snippets

Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson, Tinderbox & O'Death

News & Snippets

Beverley Folk Festival news, Bob's Folk Show & Alexi Murdoch

TEN - A Decade In Images - Nick Elliott

A new limited edition photographic book by internationally renowned rock photographer Nick Elliott, and featuring images from the last ten years of the Cambridge Folk Festival, has just been launched

One off appearance by Folk Legends at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

In what amounts to an amazing coup Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival have persuaded two leading folk musicians to agree to a once only, three night, appearance

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Aspirations Available For Free Download

The 13th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features Seventeen superb acts from up and down the country

Talking To...Paul McKenna

Paul McKenna talks about the band's new album, "Stem The Tide" and hard touring

Kinks Kinks Kinks

The first three Kinks albums get the deluxe treatment

Help Required

Can you help us extend our coverage of the music scene?

Radio GaGa

A look at the decline in coverage of acoustic music on mainstream radio and how to fill the gap left

Exclusive Ruby Blue Single For Free Download

Fatea has teamed up with digital label 26 Music to bring you an exclusive Ruby Blue single, "Something's Gone Wrong"

Diary Dates

A few events that you may be able to get along to

Save Plockton School

The National Centre Of Excellence In Traditional Music(NCETM) based at Plockton School faces closure

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - 7 Feb 2011

A settee eye view of the red button show and the #folkawards tweets

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Abstracts Available For Free Download

The 12th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features Fifteen superb acts from up and down the country

Start Over Again

Helen Mitchell reviews Emily Maguire's biographical book on bi-polar disorder

From Bournemouth To Butlins

Fatea looks forward to a great year of festivals

FATEA AWARDS

Recognition of achievements in 2010

Talking To...Smoke Fairies

Smoke Fairies' Jessica Davies talks about a great 2010 and looks forward to 2011

Talking To...Emily Maguire

Helen Mitchell talks to Emily Maguire about her revelations on mental health and her music.

The Luminaire

Losing An Old Friend

News & Snippets

Latest snippets of what's coming up this week and beyond

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Rising Available For Free Download

The 11th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features Fifteen superb acts from up and down the country

Pay To Play

Has Musicians Union Sold It's Soul

News & Snippets

1st of our weekly update columns on what's coming up

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Windswept Available For Free Download

The 10th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features fourteen superb bands from up and down the country

Top 10 Acoustic Guitars

A quick guide to some of the best and most expensive acoustic guitars ever built

Talking To...Rua MacMillan

We catch up rising fiddle star Rua MacMillan on his way home to do the washing

Sarah McClurg & Other Snippets

A preview of Sarah McClurg's new album and other news stories

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Voyages Available For Free Download

The 9th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features sixteen top duos for your entertainment

Murder Ballads Competition

Murder Ballad Compilations To Be Won

Austin, Texas, Ten Past Eight In The Evening

Fatea's Gary Rose takes you on a whirlwind tour of SXSW2010, hold on to your hats

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Openings Available For Free Download

The 8th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features eighteen top solo artists for your entertainment

Talking To...Lucy Ward

2009 Young Tradition finalist, Lucy Ward, talks us through her last year and plans for 2010

Haiti Earthquake Appeal Benefit Gig Thursday 25th Jan Exeter

Details of the gig and the main donations site if you're unable to get along

FATEA AWARDS

For recognition of achievements in 2009

Reflections On 2009

Fatea editor, Neil King, looks back on the last year

Talking To...Emily Maguire

Helen Mitchell talks to the Australia based singer/songwriter. There's the bonus of a free track at the end of the interview

Happy Birthday The Sage

Helen Mitchell helps the renown North East venue celebrate it's fifth birthday

Let The Music Heal

If you're in the North East on the 18th December, then try to get along to Boo Hewerdine and Edwina Hayes gig for the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust

Talking To...Stephen Fearing

Canada's Stephen Fearing is the latest addition to our popular Talking To...series

Amchitka

The Concert That Launched Greenpeace

Talking To...Eilen Jewell

Idaho's personable singer/songwriter joins Allan Wilkinson for our Talking To...series

Never Never Land

Never Never Land by James 'Bar' Bowen best at Raise Your Banners

Talking To...Sam Baker

It Might Be Chickens. Sam Baker Joins Helen Mitchell in our Talking To...series

Fatea Showcase Sessions:All Available For Free Download

The 7th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features seventeen top acts for your entertainment

Raise Your Banners 2009

If you thought political songwriting was dead.....Think again!!

A Fond Farewell

After twenty five years the final curtain in about to fall on Edward II

The String's The Thing

If your looking to add strings to your new song, the solution maybe a download away

Talking To...Nancy Elizabeth

Fresh from making "Wrough Iron" Nancy Elizabeth joins Neil King in the Talking To...series

Talking To...Madison Violet

Madison Violet become Helen Mitchell's first duo in the Talking To...series

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Many Available For Free Download

The 6th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features sixteen top bands for your entertainment

London Gets New Music Festival

Twilight Music Festival extends season

A word or two with Ezio

Fatea's Allan Wilkinson catches up with Ezio before the York gig

Talking To...Kim Richey

Kim Richey gets the Helen Mitchell treatment as the latest guest in the new installment in the Talking To...series

Talking To...Kimmie Rhodes

Kimmie Rhodes meets Helen Mitchell for the new installment in the Talking To...series

Talking To...Beverley Craven

Helen Mitchell chats with Beverley Craven for our Talking To...series

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Two Available For Free Download

The 5th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features seventeen great duos for your entertainment

Win Tickets To The Bearded Theory Festival

We've got a couple of pairs of tickets available for you to win for The Bearded Theory Festival

The Greats Of Wath

Wath Festival confirms a great line up

Talking To...Daby Toure

Helen Mitchell picks up the reins of our 'Talking To...' series and chats with Daby Toure

SXSW Trip 2009 via New Orleans

Gary Rose braves bands, food and drink to report on SXSW for Fatea

Brampton Festival Saved

The Arts Council have stepped in to ensure this year's Brampton Festival goes ahead

Track Of The Month And Other Stories

Fatea takes a look at how artists are beating the downturn by interacting more with their fans

Queensbury Music Festival, March 7th & 8th

Spring is surely in the air when Queensbury Music Festival is here.

Fatea launches Showcase Session Live

Fatea has taken the plunge and launched it' s own music night

Jackie Oates Bags A Brace

Jackie Oates has won both The Horizon Award and Best Traditional Song Award at the 2009 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards

Fatea Showcase Sessions:One Available For Free Download

The 4th Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features seventeen great solo artistsfor your entertainment

Studio Watch

Dead Like Harry have been busy in the studio, building and recording

First Edition Magazine

A New Home For Aspiring Authors

Back On The Battlefield

Two Battlefield Bands Meet At The Glasgow ABC January 24th

FATEA AWARDS

For recognition of achievements in 2008

That Was The Year That Was

Fatea editor Neil King looks back on 2008

Scottish Renaissance Man

Fatea talks to Brian McNeill who won our first ever life time achievement award back in January

Borderline

Sian looks at striking the right balance between education and music

Folkworks Celebrates 20th Birthday

Folkworks the North Easts premier folk organisation turns 20

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Bandstand Available For Free Download

The 3rd Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features sixteen great bands for your entertainment

Ones To Watch:Wheeler Street

Wheeler Street are just starting to turn their ripples into waves

Stephen Dale Petit - Win A Guitar

To celebrate the release of Stephen Dale Petit's new single, 333 records are giving you a chance to win a Gibson guitar

The Seeds Of Love An exhibition by David Owen

The launch of David Owen's "The Seeds Of Love" exhibition at Cecil Sharp House (Running through 'til 21st December)

FATEA

One of the more active artists on the messageboards, it's our pleasure to welcome Jim Moray to the 'Talking To...' series

Show Of Hands Fan Club Releases Official Bootleg As Chaity Fund Raiser

Longdogs, the Show Of Hands Fanclub has released a cd of last years Exeter Phoenix gig to raise funds for two cancer charities

Fatea Showcase Sessions:Duos Available For Free Download

The 2nd Release in the Fatea Showcase Sessions series features eighteen pairs of top musicians for your entertainment

Cambridge Folk Festival Make More Tickets Available

Cambridge Folk Festival have announced more, but still limited tickets available

FATEA

Laura Warwick finds innovation in album funding check out her interview in our 'Talking To...' series

FATEA

Eric Bibb becomes the first overseas artist to take part in the 'Talking To...' series

Traditional Sword Dancing Under Threat

As a bi-product of new legislation traditional sworde and rapper dancing may become illegal

Fatea Showcase Sessions: Songsmiths Available For Free Download

Fatea Showcase Sessions: Songsmiths Available For Free Download

FATEA SHOWCASE SESSIONS

Fatea & Woven Wheat Whisper are proud to announce a new download series.

FATEA

Fiddle singer Jackie Oates joins the "Talking To..." series to discuss her new album "The Violet Hour" and plans for the year.

FATEA

Legendary producer and sound engineer turned singer/songwriter, Phil Harding is the latest addition to our "Talking To..." Series

Nos Ur Song Competition Last Week For Entries

Must have application in by March 14th

Jeff Healey March 25th 1966 - March 2nd 2008

Celebrated blues guitarist Jeff Healey has died

BBC Folk Awards 2008 Announced

BBC Folk Awards 2008 have been announced

Belinda O'Hooley and Rachel Unthank & The Winterset Part Company

"Belinda O'Hooley has left Rachel Unthank And The Winterset prior to the spring tour

FATEA AWARDS

For recognition of achievements in 2007

FATEA Looks Back

Fatea editor, Neil King, looks back at 2007

2007 What A Year

Industry figures prvide their thoughts on 2007

Show Of Hands Fans Raise Money For Cancer Charity

Show Of Hands fans are holding raffles on the current tour to raise moeny for CLIC Sargent (Cancer & Leukaemia in Childhood)

Marsha Swanson wins Best Folk Artist at Glasswerk 2007 New Music Awards

Marsha Swanson won the Fatea sponsored Best Folk Artist at the Glasswerk 2007 New Music Awards

FATEA

Clive Gregson joins our "Talking To..." Series

Eoghan Colgan Wins O2 Undicovered Bursary

Highly rated singer songwriter Eoghan Colgan, snaps up the 2007 02 Undiscovered Bursary

43rd Cambridge Folk Festival

The 43rd Cambridge Folk Festival Folk Festival Has Announced It's Line-Up for 2007

FATEA

Martyn Joseph is the latest artist to take part in our "Talking To..." Series

27th Shetland Folk Festival (May 4th-6th)

The 27th Shetland Folk Festival Has Announced It's Line-Up for 2007

Jackie Oates

Jackie Oates parts company with Rachel Unthank & The Winterset

FATEA

2007 Fatea/Cambridge & Beyond Awards honouring achievement in 2006 have been announced

Cambridge And Beyond

Cambridge & Beyond is reverting back to FATEA

Cambridge And Beyond

Nick Harper is the first bloke to record an interview in our "talking To..." series

Butter My Cheerleader

Butter My Cheerleader sign to It's Time Records

Cambridge And Beyond

Uiscedwr took time out at Cambridge for the 4th interview in our "talking To..." series

Cambridge And Beyond

Joolz from the revitalised Divided Opinions has recorded the 3rd interview for the "talking To..." series

Cambridge And Beyond

Tessa Bickers has recorded the 2nd interview for the "talking To..." series

Cambridge And Beyond

Cambridge And Beyond have launched their new interview series "Talking To..." The first artist to be included in this adhoc feature is Notting based singer/songwriter and record albel head Beck Goldsmith.

Folk Students Respond To Attack

Students on the Folk Course at Newcastle have responded to a thinly veiled attack on their ethics by Paul Burgess in Living Tradition magazine. The attack came as part of a review for a cd release. Paul Watson was commenting in his own right and his words do not necessarily agree with those of the magazine. We felt it was important that the students side be heard. We have provided space here for Andrew Cadie to respond

Cambridge And Beyond

Cambridge And Beyond are in the process of expanding the site's remit. We are in the process of negotiating for a number of exclusive interviews. We will also be looking to start a series of articles and features. More news on that as it progresses.

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart has a new album, Scribbled In Chalk out on April 10th, this will be followed by a single, I'm Gonna Do It All, on April 17th. The single will be the first ever cd digipak released in the recycled ACT PAC format. The single will also contain a video of the title track.